Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that his country could expel ambassadors from ten countries, including the United States because the foreign envoys have advocated the release of Osman Kavala, a Turkish businessman, social activist, and staunch critic of Erdogan’s government currently in detention of the Turkish Police. According to reports, envoys of Canada, France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United States called for the release of Osman Kavala. The Turkish government took serious note of the unwarranted assertion of the foreign envoys and the Turkish foreign Ministry reminded the ambassadors of the need to comply with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
According to reports, the Turkish government arrested Osman Kavala for his alleged nexus with the failed coup of 2016, which was allegedly prompted by US based Turkish religious cleric Fethullah Gulen. Besides Kavala nexus with the Gulen movement, Turkish government accused him of his involvement in organizing deadly Gezi park protests against plans approved by then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for construction of a replica Ottoman barracks in Gezi park during 2013. According to reports, the Gezi park’s protest cost the lives of nine persons while injuring thousands of Turkish people.
In fact, Turkish US bilateral relations started deteriorating after the failed coup of 2016, because the United States refused to expel Fethullah Gulen, the prime accused of the coup, from the US despite repeated requests by the Erdogan government. The United States and western nations usually support human rights defenders and social movements in their warring countries while turning blind eye from such matters in their friendly states. According to experts, the western countries do not like the Erdogan regime in Turkey, an EU nation and key NATO member state. If, west is not involved in supporting anti-Erdogan plans, then they are impatiently waiting for Erdogan’s exit from the Turkish presidency. The western support for Erdogan’s rival is not a simple quest for protection of human rights and cultural development but it has hidden strings to disrupt Erdogan’s manifesto for revival of Ottoman civilization in Turkey.